Thursday, July 23, 2009

That's what I said! Boobie traps!

For whatever reason, my children (especially Asa) find the need to create booby traps... everywhere. Sometimes they are called booby traps, sometimes spider webs, but they are always a mess. Right now, their room is an impossible network of multicolored yarn... zigzagged throughout the room in a tangled mess. Combine that with the normal everyday landmines of tiny legos that do a number on your barefeet and you have quite the danger zone!

(Below is his new house for "Mr. Wormy", complete with interior lighting and a series of five overlapping doors. Why? I have no idea. Who's Mr. Wormy? I'll have more on him in a later post.)

Not only have these strings become a constant form of entertainment indoors, the "beaver dam" has also acquired the web-like appearance. What once was a simple pile of sicks and holes in the bare dirt is now a complete white trash adventure. Asa has been attempting to construct various contraptions out there, including a hot tub that is suspended in a tree (for the squirrels, I presume) and a waterslide and pool area complete with buried plastic tubing. His ideas are very thorough and he seems to enjoy working on them, but his inability to be flexible on his design is leaving us, well, batty. He wants help, but only if we help exactly like he has in his head... in ways that may not be possible. If you are helping, then the reason that things are not working are not a flaw in his plan but a flaw in his hired help. It is driving us nuts. But, he is such the engineer.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Feeding basics

Last weekend we were sitting in Grandmomma and Granddaddy's living room. The boys were bouncing around and everyone was talking.

Addison said to Granddaddy, "Ivey has 5 teeth! Sometimes when Mommy's feeding her she bites Mommy's nipples!"

Granddaddy replied, "Ouch! Addison, did you ever do that?"

Addison answered, "No. Boys don't feed babies."

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Baby, you can drive my caaa

Ivey can say Cat! There is no T on the end, but she knows exactly what she's saying. Caaaa. She loves the cats. We have to pull open the curtain to the utility room so that she can see them when they are in there eating. Hopefully soon she will learn that squeezing and pulling aren't very nice ways to show them how much she cares!

She also LOVES to be in the driver's seat of the car! I think she would stand up at the wheel all day if I'd let her. She bounces and squeels... she loves it. I have got to get a video of her when she is excited... she pants... like Odie on Garfield. Maybe I can catch that one in action.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Replacement Birds

After the great chicken massacre (yes, all were lost) we have decided to replace the chickens with some already partially grown teenage chickens. No, they are not as cute and adorable as the little chickies, but they are hardy and can go ahead and live outside! Jeff and the boys have constructed a "hoop coop". It's a portable chicken coop that can be moved across the yard. This gives the chickens fresh grass and bugs, and gives the grass some fertilizer to boot. As the first hoop coop, there are many improvements that could have been made, but it was a great first try and the chickens seem to like it just fine.

Asa loves to go in and hang out with the chickens, just like his momma did when she was his age. They don't have names yet, but I'm sure they will in time. Now, if we can only keep that dog away long enough for us to get some eggs!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Eat Mor Chikin

Today I felt especially motivated. I managed to wake up, create cow costumes for each kid and head to Chick-fil-a for Cow Appreciation Day. I began that morning and had us there, spots and all, by lunch! The boys had a great time and we all enjoyed our free combo meals!